On this International Women’s Day, we hear from some of our inspiring colleagues at Hysata about what being a woman in STEM means to them.
The UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day theme, ‘Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future’, resonates with our team. At Hysata, we have a collective of brilliant and innovative women who are passionate about the development of our disruptive and ground-breaking electrolyser technology.
There’s more work to do! Women are still heavily under-represented in STEM education, and careers. We ask our colleagues to share some of their thoughts on this as we continue to build on our inclusive and equitable culture.
What would you tell women considering a career in STEM?
Atiyeh – R&D Engineer: The field offers many exciting opportunities for growth and innovation. Don’t let stereotypes or societal expectations deter you from pursuing your passion. STEM offers a wide range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities, and the world needs more diverse perspectives to drive innovation. And remember that failure and setbacks are a natural part of the learning process – embrace them as opportunities to grow and learn.
Julia – R&D Engineer Test Team Lead: There are absolutely no limits to what you can learn and accomplish in STEM! If you love challenging yourself and you have a natural taste for science and engineering, nothing can stop you. We still need to keep pushing to have more women in leadership positions in STEM, and you can be one of them!
Holly – R&D Engineer: You can do it – it’s not too difficult or unattainable. STEM fields need a range of diverse thinkers to approach a problem from different directions; you could be the missing piece of the puzzle.
Can you tell us about one woman in STEM that inspires you the most?
Ganga – Research and Development Engineer: Reading about Kalpana Chawla and Marie Curie greatly influenced me while in primary school. Then, my amazing Science and Mathematics teachers Mrs Sharada and Mrs Manjula made me enjoy science; followed by Mrs Lalitha Iyer in high school who redefined learning physics for me. I still admire these women and draw inspiration from them.
Kanlaya – R&D Engineer: The woman who inspires me the most is my PhD supervisor, Prof. Sukon Phanichphat. Sukon has always been encouraging and supportive of my studying and working in this area- that is why I am here. Sukon told me once “I have dedicated my life to science since I was student in Canada”. Currently, Sukon is still working in Faculty of Science at Chiang Mai University, Thailand and has been working in science for more than 50 years.
What excites you about your job?
Prachi – Senior Commercial Manager: I am very purpose driven, and this role aligns with my values, skills, and aspirations perfectly. And honestly, it’s fun. Being a part of building something this disruptive, in an amazing team, is something else. I have been able to combine my STEM skills – logical thinking, attention to detail, and comfort with numbers for example – with more commercial and strategic thinking into an ideal mix.